Justin Green ’16 REALLY wants you to know about this show:
Come to Eclectic this Thursday at 10 PM for a night of jazz-tronic funk music and kung-fu. Featuring freestyle MC/beatboxer Baba Israel.
Also kung-fu video projections.
(breakdancers and kung-fu people not included)
Date: Thursday, October 24th
Cost: FREE FREE FREE
Ever wonder what kind of band it would take to win Battle of the Bands when most of your band members are freshmen? A damn good one. Sadly, it was 2001, before the birth of the great Wesleying, so I can’t make a witty phrase and have it link to an article about how awesome they were by someone who saw them first hand. I can, however, point you too their new album, Tortoise Style, a unique blend of soul, hip hop, and funk with a shake of Brazilian influence.
ILLEGALIZE was a fixture in the Wesleyan music scene during its time here (2001-2004), and after being apart for some time, they have reunited to create their first EP since 2002. The line up includes Tavi Fields ’01/’02, Jon “Phes” Souza ’04, Kieran Meadows ’04, Joaquin Cotler ’04/’05, and Sascha Weiss ’04. To add on to the Go Wes-ness I’m feeling, you should know that the band included Bill Sherman ’02, Tony/Grammy-winning music arranger from In The Heights and current Sesame Street music director.
Andrew Zingg ’13 has that tropical zingggggg:
Take a trip back to 1960s Brazil with the psychedelic funk/soul/garage of Sessa and The Trip and the dusty vinyl of Joel Stones, the man with the deepest Tropicalia record collection in NYC.
SESSA AND THE TRIP
The new project of Sergio “Sessa” Sayeg, the former guitarist of São Paulo Tropicalia enthusiasts Garotas Suecas. Carry Brownstein of Sleater Kinney/Portlandia said of Sessa’s former band: “It has literally been a decade since I went up to a stage, closed my eyes, danced like a fool and never wanted the moment to end.”
Sergio Sayeg – Guitars and Vocals
Jorge Chafey – Bass
Robin Macmillan – Drums
Joel Stones – Spiritual Guidance
DJ JOEL STONES
The proprietor of the recently defunct Tropicalia in Furs, an East Village record store of entirely psychedelic Brazilian music from 1960s and 1970s. He has DJ’ed parties for the Beastie Boys and curated a compilation of Tropicalia rare cuts called Brazilian Guitar Fuzz Bananas.
Last night at Buddhist House, Afrobeat ensemble Zongo Junction and Wesleyan band Men with Bad Manners created one of the most intimate, feel-good concert environments that Wesleyan has seen all year. MWBM kicked off the show with their deep, mellow reggae grooves. The group’s lead vocalist and rhythm guitarist, Immanuel Lokwei ’12, brought a roots-reggae vibe to the show with his passionate and vibrant voice. He animated the crowd with wild jumping and dread-lock swinging; his energetic movements and bright vocals seemed to emulate the remarkable stage presence of Bob Marley and Peter Tosh, two legends in the world of Reggae. Julian Gal ’14 carried the rhythm sections with his traditional dub-style but distinctively complex bass lines. The horn section consisted of Andrew Pfeiffer ’13 on trombone, Noah Rush ’14 on trumpet, and Jeremy Keim-Shenk ’12. These guys and their bright brass sounds brought rays of [musical] sunshine into the room and embodied the band’s warm, Jamaican sound. Check out MWBM’s newest album, Seed Sankara, here.
Zongo Junction certainly upped the ante when they stepped on stage.
Last week marked BuHo’s triumphant return to the world of funk. This time, Buru Style takes over. Jake Schofield ’12 has much to alliterate over:
Buru Is Back at Buho Baby!!!!!!!
Alliterations are fun! Come anytime this Saturday night and submit yourself to aural
Date: Saturday, February 25
Time: 10:00 PM – 1:00 AM
Place: Buddhist House
Whoru Style? Buru Style
Still recovering from the weekend? Wesleying, too. Pictured above: Men With Bad Manners’ spirited funk-inflected resurrection at Buddhist House on Saturday night. (Remember those guys? Remember that time they played Hewitt 9? No, you’re confused—you’re thinking of ska-bridge.)
At any rate, a brief photographic roundup of funk/hip hop/generally loud weekend happenings lies below. Kill-F (Will F. ’13, still reeling from his recent EP release) brought his latest brew of twisted solo rhymes to the stage for the first time, opening for rapper Cities Aviv in the hallowed Psi U ballroom. Men With Bad Manners set BuHo on the right path, laying some damn firm foundation for Baltimore alt-hip hop crew Femi the DriFish on the mic, who may or may not have been The-Roots-in-1994-time-traveling-in-disguise (not pictured: J-Pope, Funk Friday).
And also, Chants. Those guys from Awesomefest. With the costumes. At Beckham. What?
The Rooks, everyone’s favorite on-campus intergalactic funk sensation, are going on tour! Sort of. The post-Mad Wow outfit is embarking on a mini-tour of sorts through the northeast this week (they might snag more exclusive concert footage at these shows), and frontman Garth Taylor ’12 has the details. (As always, The Rooks include Garth Taylor ’12, Nate Mondschein ’12, Spencer Hattendorf ’12, Graham Richman ’11, Louis Russo ’11, and Gabe Gordon ’11.)
NEW YORK CITAAAAY:
- Date: Thursday, January 12, 2012
- Place: Sullivan Hall, New York, NY.
- Time: 8 PM
- Tickets? Tickets $10 at the door or can be reserved online.
- Facebook link: !!!!!
“It’s the kind of good time you can have with friends at 2 am, with the neighborhood kids the next afternoon, and with the whole fam around the fire on that special December night of your choice.”
Last year we posted about a collection of “wild (dare we say ‘zany’?) reinterpretations of classic holiday music from several faiths,” from campus reggae/funk faves Buru Style. This year, drum teacher/grad student/all-around percussion wiz Bill Carbone writes in to remind you of the omnidenominational holiday treat and let you know it’s available on iTunes, eMusic, and burustyle.bandcamp.com—actually in time for the holidays this time. It’s been a year since I first heard this EP, but these takes on “Jingle Bells” and “Hannukah, Oh Hannukah” don’t sound any more sane.
The album features Jake Schofield ’12, Andrew Fogliano ’10, Jake Gold ’10, Eric Sherman ’11, Ian Coss ’11, and Bill Carbone (grad) as well as seriously alumni MC Kabir Sen ’99. Here’s a seriously funked out “Jingle Bells,” featuring the aforementioned MC Kabir:
Tickets for Soulive are were on sale this week at noon in Usdan, and will be sold again starting Monday, March 29th. $8 to see Soulive play April 2nd at Beckham hall. Student band Mad Wow will be opening and things will be popping. Get your passes for funky goodness while they’re hot!